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Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

  • CPU
    Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait

  • Memory (MB)
    32 GB, 2 GB RAM / 64 GB (Telefonica exclusive)

  • Camera (MP)
    41 MP (38 MP effective)

  • Battery (mAh)
    Non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery (BV-5XW)

  • WiFi
    Yes

  • Price Range
    €400

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our experts

9.3 4.7 1
  • Battery 9 / 10
  • Features 9 / 10
  • Performance 9 / 10
  • Design 9 / 10
  • Camera 10 / 10
  • Connectivity 10 / 10

Nokia has outdone itself with the Nokia Lumia 1020 as it is one of the best mobile phones on the market today, if not the best. It has all the bells and whistles that one would expect from a high end phone, from a 41 megapixel camera, yes 41 megapixels as well as 2G, 3G and 4G connectivity with a dual core processor. All of this comes at a price of course.

The Nokia 1020 was released in July 2013 and even today its specs are still up there with the mobile phone released this year. The phone comes with coverage for 2G (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) as well as 3G (HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 & HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 ) and also 4G (LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800) & LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 17(700)). The internet speed is impressive at HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat3 100/50 Mbps. There is also GPRS as well as EDGE.

Nokia Lumia 1020 SpecificationsThe size of the phone is about the same size as other Lumia phones coming in at 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm, 96.9 cc (5.13 x 2.81 x 0.41 in). 13cm X 7cm is still small enough to fit into your top pocket. Its also rather light at 158 g considering the specs on the mobile phone. Much like other high end phones you will be impressed with its AMOLED capacitive touchscreen as well as the 16M colors it can display. The screen is large at 4.5 inches and it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with a PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display. The screen resolution is also very impressive at 768 x 1280 pixels however you will note that its pixel density of ~332 ppi pixel density is almost twice as dense as the budget phones. This gives you a very clear picture and makes for good and impressive video watching.

The phone is powered by a Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor with a Adreno 225 GPU and a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset. All very impressive hardware in the phone and you will not be disappointed by what it can deliver. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a good multimedia phone and with an impressive 41 MP (38 MP effective) camera with Carl Zeiss optics makes for an excellent package. The camera comes with auto/manual focus, as well as a Xenon & LED flash. The camera is large and makes for impressive pictures and video as it has a 1/1.5″ sensor size. This is also geared for geo-tagging, face detection and panorama pictures.

Nokia Lumia 1020 SpecificationsThe video on the camera is more impressive than even the pictures. The phone can play video at 1080p@30fps. Thats high definition video at 30fps. Very few mobile phones have the ability to do that. This also features a 4x lossless digital zoom. The secondary camera is no slouch either. Its a 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps camera. Makes for very good selfie photos and video. There is no card slot but with 32 GB of space 64 GB (Telefonica exclusive) and 2GB of memory you clearly cant run out of space.

The Nokia 1020 also feature good audio. This is mainly its Dolby Digital Plus audio enhancement, Dolby Headphone jack as well as active noise cancellation with a dedicated microphone. The phone also comes with WiFi with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n as well as Bluetooth v4.0 as well as GPS such as A-GPS and GLONASS. The phone also have NFC as well as a Stereo FM radio with a microUSB v2.0 USB port.

The phone also comes with sensors such as an accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass and barometer. It features email, push, threaded SMS, MMS and email. There is also an HTML5 browser and also note that there is no Java on the mobile phone.

The battery is not removable and it is a Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery (BV-5XW) with a standby time of about 384 h (3G) and a talktime of 19 h (2G). Overall this is a really great phone from Nokia and one that you could consider a good long term investment.

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Nokia Lumia 1020 - Specs

Network

  • 2G Network
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions
  • 3G Network
    HSDPA: 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-875, RM-877
    HSDPA: 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - RM-876
  • 4G Network
    LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800) - RM-875
    LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 17(700) - RM-877
  • SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages.
    Micro SIM
  • Dual SIM
    No

Data

  • GPRS GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is a packet oriented mobile data service on the 2G and 3G cellular communication system's global system for mobile communications (GSM), Generally, GPRS is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • EDGE EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment) is a wireless network technology generally considered the next step in the 2G network offers data transfer rates up to four times faster than ordinary GSM networks, Generally, EDGE is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
  • Speed
    GPRS: Up to 85.6 kbps / EDGE: Up to 236.8 kbps
  • Web Browser Web Browser => a web browser is a software application used to locate, retrieve and display content on the World Wide Web, including Web pages, images, video and other files, The primary function of a web browser is to render HTML, the code used to design or markup webpages.
    HTML5

Display

  • Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor)
    AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Size
    4.5 inches (~61.9% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution
    768 x 1280 pixels
  • Display Colors Display Colors is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others.
    16M colors
  • Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality.
    ~332 ppi pixel density
  • Touch Screen
    Yes
  • Display Protection Display Protection => Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind.
    Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Features
    - PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack display

Camera

  • Primary Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality.
    41 MP (38 MP effective)
  • Video
    1080p@30fps
  • Camera Features
    f/2.2, 26mm, Carl Zeiss optics,
    OIS, auto/manual focus, Xenon & LED flash
    1/1.5" sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, PureView technology, Geo-tagging, face detection, panorama
  • Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration)
    Yes
  • Secondary
    Yes, 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices.
    v4.0, A2DP, EDR, LE/ aptX after WP8 Denim update
  • Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world.
    Yes
  • Wi-fi Hotspot
  • USB
    Yes
  • GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky.
    Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
  • HDMI HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device.
  • Headphone Jack

Hardware

  • Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming.
    Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Plus
  • CPU CPU (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone.
    Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
  • GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion.
    Adreno 225
  • RAM (Memory) RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
    32 GB, 2 GB RAM / 64 GB (Telefonica exclusive)
  • Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored.
    32 GB, 2 GB RAM / 64 GB (Telefonica exclusive)
  • Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras.
    No
  • Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device.
    Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Media

  • Audio Playback
    Yes
  • Video Playback
    Yes
  • FM Radio
    Stereo FM radio, RDS
  • Ring Tones
    Vibration, MP3 ringtones
  • Loudspeaker
    Yes

Messaging

  • SMS SMS (Short Messaging Service) is a text messaging service component of phone, Web, or mobile communication systems. It uses standardized communications protocols to allow mobile phone devices to exchange short text messages over the networks.
    Yes (threaded view)
  • MMS MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content (audio clips, video clips and images) to and from mobile phones over wireless networks using the WAP protocol.
  • Email Email (Electronic Mail) is a system for receiving, sending, and storing electronic messages, Similar to a letter, email is text messages that may contain files, images, or other attachments sent via the internet to a recipient by using applications and software prograps. An email address is required to receive email, and that address is unique to the user.
    Yes
  • IM IM (Instant Messaging) is an exchange of text messages through a software application, it enable you to create a kind of private chat room with another individual in order to communicate in real time over the Internet.
    Yes

Software

  • Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device.
    Microsoft Windows Phone 8, upgradeable to v8.1
  • Java Support Java for Mobile Devices is a set of technologies that let developers deliver applications and services to all types of mobile handsets, ranging from price efficient feature-phones to the latest smartphones. Java is currently running on over 3 billion phones worldwide, and growing. It offers unrivaled potential for the distribution and monetization of mobile applications.
    No
  • Features
    - MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
    - MP4/DivX/XviD/H.264/WMV player
    - OneDrive (15 GB cloud storage)
    - Document viewer
    - Video/photo editor

Power

  • Battery Type Battery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.
    Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)
  • Battery Life
    Up to 384 h (3G)
  • Batteries Included
    Yes

Battery

  • Battery Type Battery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.
    Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)
  • Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions.
    Non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery (BV-5XW)
  • Placement
    Rear
  • Standby Standby Time is the total amount of time that you can leave your is fully charged, turned on and ready to send and receive calls or data transmissions before completely discharging the battery.
    Up to 384 h (3G)
  • Talk Time Talk Time is the longest time that a single battery charge will last when you are constantly talking on the phone under perfect conditions, Ambient temperature and highly dependent on the cellular network environment such as the distance to the closest cell network tower.
    Up to 19 h (2G) / Up to 13 h 20 min (3G)
  • Music Play
    Up to 63 h

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